PUTTING ENERGY & MAGIC INTO MY VOTE
by Murray Edelman, NCPC President
From his five-decade career in polling and projecting election results, Murray Edelman has come to appreciate politics as the game that it is, while at the same time seeing how it translates into people’s suffering and bad choices for our future. As he has grown into being an elder of the Dance, he has been receiving visions for effecting positive political change. Murray writes:
I want to share a vision about voting that has come through many years of dancing. Here are the main points:
The U.S. political system is dysfunctional in so many ways. That used to be better hidden by the smoother politicians; now, our current president has effectively ripped off the band-aid and we can see the bleeding all over.
An election is a portal into the system where by voting, the people can effectively pressure the system to serve us. Voting itself doesn’t take much time, not nearly as much as dealing with the consequences of voter apathy at important elections.
The portal is clouded by those in power. Politicians intensify polarization to bring out their base, and that can cause voting to be motivated by fear and anger rather than by support for policies made on behalf of the people. Big Money is poured into established politicians that drown out the voices of those with creative and compassionate ideas. This cloud leaves many of us feeling powerless and choosing not to participate; only 36% of citizens voted four years ago, and it is much lower in primaries and local elections.
Each voting cycle is an opportunity to choose from what is then available – but the story doesn’t end there. When done consistently over many elections with good intent, voting has the power to be transformative. In 2016 we saw how quickly policies and direction could change, yet future elections can move equally fast the other way. When we don’t support qualified, heart-centered candidates they have no incentive to keep trying. With consistent voting in primaries and local elections, better candidates can emerge. Nov. 6 is our next opportunity to begin to make a difference.
The Dance teaches us that our power lies in our intentions, prayers, and the support that we give each other. My vision is that the People send their collective power through the election portal to make the best choices now, and that this power grows with each election that follows. Our community’s choices can be the impetus through which change ripples out and creates dialog that finds commonality with others of like mind.
Here is how I’m putting energy and magic into my vote. I look forward to hearing how you do it:
I’m visualizing masses of people voting with clarity and heart for the candidates that will best serve us, our loved ones, and our future on Mother Earth. I see those candidates winning and changing the tone in Washington. And I see more and more people buoyed by the experience of voting with positive intentional energy, making it a habit to vote regularly in each local and primary election where candidates of good heart are chosen.
When I’m done voting, I take a breath, blow that energy and vision into the ballot, and cast my vote for big changes ahead.
READ MORE: circlevoting.com
On election night, you can see Murray consult in the background on CBS and CBSN on the internet
THE NEXT DANCE
HONORING THE FEMININE: Moving into stillness, maybe there is something within you gestating, waiting to be birthed – perhaps something strong and fierce, or soft and gentle. Something in the depths, calling for healing, calling to be in the light…
STILL NEED A REASON TO VOTE?
The Dance teaches us that our power lies in our intentions, prayers, and the support that we give each other. My vision is that the People send their collective power through the election portal to make the best choices now, and that this power grows with each election that follows.
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